Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop vs Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Side-by-Side Comparison

Alan Nguyen
Alan Nguyen
Reviewer
Nguyen Ntk
Nguyen Ntk
Visual Specialist
Reviewed
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Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Nov 30, 2022
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Nov 28, 2022
Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Toaster Oven Review
Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Toaster Oven Review
Power
1500W
1200W

Our Verdict

7.4
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    7.7/10
  • Design (25%)
    7.5/10
  • Usability (25%)
    6.8/10
4.6
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    5.1/10
  • Design (25%)
    3.6/10
  • Usability (25%)
    4.6/10

The Hamilton Beach 31401 is inexpensive, even when considering its basic design, small size, and light weight. On the other hand, the Toshiba AC25CEW-BS is our choice for the best-value medium-sized countertop convection toaster oven not simply because it only costs a bit more.

The Hamilton saves energy thanks to its two quartz heating elements and low power output of 1200 W. However, that significantly hindered its performance. This was especially true for dishes that require a long cooking time and/or a high temperature.

In comparison, the Toshiba, with four nichrome heating elements running on 1500 W, produced well-rounded results in our test dishes. Of course, the fact that the Toshiba has a convection system while the Hamilton doesn’t is another factor.

The Hamilton yields in terms of overall construction quality, although not by much. Neither of the two has an internal light or any other features of usability. The Toshiba has three tray levels while the Hamilton only has two. Both come with the basic baking pan and rack, but the Toshiba also includes a rotisserie kit and rack clamp.

The Toshiba’s digital display provides more unique cooking functions whilst the Hamilton’s analog control offers a stay-on feature. Both are easy to use although it can be difficult to pinpoint an exact time and temperature with the Hamilton’s control dials.

Performance

7.7
Performance Scores
  • Toast (40%)
    7.2/10
  • Pizza (25%)
    9.1/10
  • Whole Roasted Chicken (25%)
    7.8/10
  • Baked French Fries (10%)
    6.1/10
5.1
Performance Scores
  • Toast (40%)
    7.7/10
  • Pizza (25%)
    5.5/10
  • Whole Roasted Chicken (25%)
    1.0/10
  • Baked French Fries (10%)
    4.0/10
7.2

Toast

7.7
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Toast
On the left: Level 3; In the middle: Level 4; On the right: Level 5
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Toast 1
Best level: Level 4
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Toast 2
The first batch vs the second batch
Taste: 7.5
50% * 7.5 = 3.8
Even Surface Color: 8
20% * 8 = 1.6
Consecutive Usability: 6.3
30% * 6.3 = 1.9
  • Function: Toast
  • Number Of Slices: 4
  • Toast Level: 4/6
  • Cooking Time: 3m 55s
  • Second Batch: 3m 55s
  • Convection: No

Following the procedures of our Toast test, we determined that level 4—3 minutes 55 seconds on the timer—was the best option with the score of 7.3/10. The level 3 and 5, in addition to being lighter and darker than ideal respectively, had very uneven surface color.

The toast level 4 of the Toshiba produced four pieces with a light golden brown color but a few areas too light. Due to not having the convection fan running, the color was about 80% even and we could only give it an 8/10.

The first batch of toast was nicely crispy while soft and moist inside so we gave it a 7.5/10 for taste. Our head chef Tuyet Pham determined that it would be great to go with omelet and eggs benedict, as well as good for sandwiches. Although it may not be particularly good for soup, the second batch was.

The second batch was browner and crispier while still being moist so it got a 6.5/10. If you want the second batch to be the same as the first, remember to lower it by one level.

Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Toast
On the left: 2m 30s; In the middle: 4m 15s; On the right: 5m 55s
Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Toast 1
Best level: 4m 15s
Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Toast 2
The first batch vs the second batch
Taste: 8
50% * 8 = 4.0
Even Surface Color: 7.5
20% * 7.5 = 1.5
Consecutive Usability: 7.3
30% * 7.3 = 2.2
  • Function: Toast
  • Number Of Slices: 4
  • Toast Level: Medium
  • Cooking Time: 4m 15s
  • Second Batch: 4m 15s
  • Convection: No

With our Toast test, we determined the best option was right at the position of the Toast icon—around 4 minutes 15 seconds on the timer, scoring a 7.7/10. Turning the knob halfway down would result in no color and turning it halfway up nearly burnt the toast.

With 4m 15s, the Hamilton Beach produced 4 pieces with a light golden brown color on the top and golden on the bottom. Although that was great, the top and the bottom were quite different and they were both only about 80% even throughout. Thus, we gave it a 7.5/10.

The first batch of toast had a nice balance of crispiness on the outside and softness on the inside, deserving an 8/10 for taste. Our head chef Tuyet Pham determined it would go well with pretty much everything including eggs benedict, omelet, and especially sandwiches. It wasn’t as suitable for soup but the second batch was.

The second batch got crispier and more even in color. However, it also became browner so we gave it a 7.3/10 for consecutive usability. If you want the second batch to be the same as the first, remember to only turn the knob to ¾ to Medium—around 3 minutes 40 seconds.

9.1

Pizza

5.5
Toshiba AC25CEW Pizza
Toshiba AC25CEW Pizza Crust
Toshiba AC25CEW Pizza Toppings
Cooking Time: 9.3
20% * 9.3 = 1.9
Crust: 9.5
20% * 9.5 = 1.9
Toppings: 9
30% * 9 = 2.7
Taste: 8.7
30% * 8.7 = 2.6
  • Function: Bake
  • Temperature: 450°F
  • Cooking Time: 5m 15s
  • Convection: Yes

The Toshiba baked a 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza evenly throughout in terms of doneness and color earning it a 9.1/10.

Even though the Pizza preset of the oven is 450°F for 10 minutes, it only took 5m15s to cook. It was really fast compared to the recommended 10 minutes on the label. In comparison to other toaster ovens in our Pizza test, it scored a 9.3/10.

The crust wasn’t dry and turned out a beautiful golden brown with some nicely charred spots. It deserved a 9.5/10. The cheese was also nicely melted and caramelized so it got a 9/10. After tasting, our chef gave the pizza an 8.7/10.

Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Pizza
Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Pizza 1
Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Pizza 2
Cooking Time: 0
20% * 0 = 0.0
Crust: 6
20% * 6 = 1.2
Toppings: 7.5
30% * 7.5 = 2.3
Taste: 7
30% * 7 = 2.1
  • Function: Bake
  • Temperature:  450°F
  • Cooking Time: 10m 30s
  • Convection:  No

The Hamilton didn’t perform well in baking a 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza scoring a 5.6/10.

Compared to the recommended 10 minutes on the label, the oven took only a tad bit longer at 10m 30s. However, this meant that it failed the cooking time criterion with 10 minutes being the time limit for our Pizza test.

For the most part, the crust didn’t have a good toasted coloring and was soft so it got a 6/10. The toppings had pretty good caramelization but some darkened areas of the cheese lowered the score to 7.5/10. After tasting the pizza, our chef gave it a 7/10.

7.8

Whole Roasted Chicken

1.0
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Whole Roasted Chicken 1
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Whole Roasted Chicken 2
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Whole Roasted Chicken 3
Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Whole Roasted Chicken 3
Cooking Time: 8
20% * 8 = 1.6
Skin: 7
20% * 7 = 1.4
Doneness: 7.8
20% * 7.8 = 1.6
Taste: 8
40% * 8 = 3.2
  • Function: Rotisserie
  • Temperature: 350°F
  • Cooking Time: 1h
  • Convection: No

Even though we chose a 3 lb chicken—in accordance with our Whole Roasted Chicken test—and despite the 4-pound claim on the label, it barely fit. In addition, there wasn’t enough space below to use the drip pan so cleaning up was a hassle.

Luckily, the fat from the chicken didn’t splatter too much inside the oven. Overall, the Toshiba scored a 7.8/10 for this test.

It took the oven 1 hour, the standard amount of time, to roast the chicken to golden brown so we gave it an 8/10.

The smooth rotation caramelized the chicken skin to a superb color while maintaining the juiciness of the meat. However, the skin wasn’t really crispy without convection so we only gave a 7/10.

The rotation also allowed the whole chicken to be thoroughly cooked in 1 hour with no pink spots. The internal temperature, however, was a bit too high at 207°F compared to the USDA recommended 165°F-180°F, so it got a 7.8/10.

Even though the chicken was cooked to slightly well-done, the meat was still moist and tender so our chef gave it an 8 for taste.

Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Whole Roasted Chicken
Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Whole Roasted Chicken 1
Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Whole Roasted Chicken 2
Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Whole Roasted Chicken 3
Cooking Time: 0
20% * 0 = 0.0
Skin: 5
20% * 5 = 1.0
Doneness: 0
20% * 0 = 0.0
Taste: 0
40% * 0 = 0.0
  • Function: Rotisserie
  • Temperature: 350°F
  • Cooking Time: 1h 30m
  • Convection: No

This was one of the rare occasions where an oven failed the entirety of our Whole Roasted Chicken test. Our speculations concerned the instability of the heating elements and the fact that the chicken grazed the upper safeguard during cooking.

After 1h 30m—our time limit, the oven wasn’t able to roast the chicken to a desirable outcome and failed the first criterion. After roasting, the skin had no noticeable caramelization and barely enough for a 5/10.

The chicken reached an internal temperature of 176°F which was quite good. However, the meat itself was undercooked and still pink in a lot of areas. Thus, it was another failure. Due to the meat being undercooked, our chef couldn’t taste it to give a score.

6.1

Baked French Fries

4.0
Toshiba AC25CEW Baked French Fries
Toshiba AC25CEW Baked French Fries 2
Toshiba AC25CEW Baked French Fries 3
Cooking Time: 5
20% * 5 = 1.0
Color: 6
20% * 6 = 1.2
Texture: 6
20% * 6 = 1.2
Taste: 6.7
40% * 6.7 = 2.7
  • Function: Bake
  • Temperature: 400°F
  • Cooking Time: 20m
  • Convection: Yes

The Toshiba did an acceptable job of baking 12 oz of french fries earning a 6.1/10.

Compared to other ovens in our Baked French Fries test, we had to cook the fries for 20 minutes so we could only give it a 5/10. Being baked on a tray and not in an air fryer basket, the fries lacked color resulting in a 6/10.

The fries only crisped up a little on the outside and were considerably moist inside so it’s another 6/10. Our chef gave the resulting fries a 6.7/10 for taste.

Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Baked French Fries
Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Baked French Fries 1
Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Baked French Fries 2
Cooking Time: 0
20% * 0 = 0.0
Color: 5
20% * 5 = 1.0
Texture: 5
20% * 5 = 1.0
Taste: 5
40% * 5 = 2.0
  • Function: Bake
  • Temperature: 400°F
  • Cooking Time: 30 m
  • Convection: No

The Hamilton Beach wasn’t suitable for baking 12 oz of french fries scoring only a 4/10.

There were no noticeable changes to the fries after 30 minutes of baking in this oven. Due to our time limit of 25 minutes, this constituted a failure in the cooking time section of our Baked French Fries test.

There was no change in the fries’ color so they received a 5/10. The oven basically thawed and heated the fries so they were very soggy scoring another 5/10. Our chef could only give the fries a minimal score of 5/10 for taste.

Design

7.5
design Scores
  • Exterior (20%)
    8.0/10
  • Interior (30%)
    6.5/10
  • Build Quality (50%)
    8.0/10
3.6
design Scores
  • Exterior (20%)
    4.0/10
  • Interior (30%)
    1.0/10
  • Build Quality (50%)
    5.0/10

In the Box

Toshiba AC25CEW In the Box
  • Model: L series - AC25CEW-BS
  • Warranty: 1 year (US only)
  • User Manual
  • Baking Rack
  • Baking Pan
  • Rack Clamp
  • Removable Crumb Tray
  • Rotisserie Kit and Lifter

The packaging keeps all the 5 accessories firmly in place while being easy to unbox and convenient to repack. Besides showing some basic information, it also gives instructions on how to unbox properly.

Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop In the Box
  • Model: 31401
  • Warranty: 1-year limited in the US and 5-year limited in Canada
  • User Manual
  • Baking Rack
  • Baking Pan
  • Removable Crumb Tray

Inside the packaging are the Hamilton Beach oven, a baking rack, a baking pan, a removable crumb tray, and a simple user manual.

8.0

Exterior

4.0
Toshiba AC25CEW Exterior
Toshiba AC25CEW Exterior 1
Toshiba AC25CEW Exterior 2
Toshiba AC25CEW Exterior 3
  • Weight:
    16.2 oz (460 g)
  • Length:
    19.0" (48.2 cm)
  • Width:
    15.6" (39.6 cm)
  • Height:
    10.8" (27.4 cm)
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Color:
    Black
  • Door Handle:
    cool-touch
  • Tray Indicators:
    Yes
  • Crumb Tray:
    Removable

One of the strongest points of the Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Toaster Oven is plenty of air ventilation — on two sides, the back, the bottom, and the top. It also has strong bottom stands and two buffers on the back to prevent the oven from being too close to the wall.

This was one of the few ovens where our measurements and the manufacturer’s completely coincided at 18.98" x 15.59" x 10.78". We do need to point out that we could see the internal circuits through the ventilation holes although we’re not sure if it affects the oven.

Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Exterior
Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Exterior 1
Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Exterior 2
Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Exterior 3
  • Weight:
    5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
  • Length:
    14.96 inches
  • Width:
    12.2 inches
  • Height:
    8.5 inches
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Color:
    Silver
  • Door Handle:
    cool-touch
  • Tray Indicators:
    No
  • Crumb Tray:
    Removable

The Hamilton Beach has a stainless steel exterior, a back buffer to prevent the oven from being too close to the wall, and a cool-touch door handle. However, the back buffer isn’t designed to wrap the power cord around, unlike many other toaster ovens.

Control Panel

Toshiba AC25CEW Control Panel
  • Type:
    LCD display + 3 control knobs + Stop/Start button
  • Temperature:
    150°F - 450°F timer
  • Timer:
    1 minute - 2 hours
  • Indicator Light:
    No
  • Status Bar:
    No
  • Light Toggle:
    No
  • Convection Toggle:
    No
  • Rotation Toggle:
    No
  • Automatic Preheat:
    No
  • Audio Cues:
    No

The control panel consists of an LCD digital display, 3 control knobs for functions, temperature, time, and the stop/start button. The glossy plastic knobs turn smoothly and seem durable.

Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Control Panel
  • Type:
    3 control knobs
  • Temperature:
    100°F - 450°F
  • Timer:
    1 minute - 30 minutes + stay-on
  • Indicator Light:
    Yes
  • Status Bar:
    No
  • Light Toggle:
    No
  • Convection Toggle:
    No
  • Rotation Toggle:
    No
  • Automatic Preheat:
    No
  • Audio Cues:
    No

The Hamilton Beach has three simple control knobs for Temperature, Function, and Timer. Even though the timer is only from 1 minute to 30 minutes, it has a stay-on position. 1 minute to 30 minutes, it has a stay-on position.

Cooking Functions

  • Toast (without convection)
  • Bake (without convection)
  • Broil (without convection)
  • Pizza (with convection)
  • Cookies (with convection)
  • Defrost (without convection)
  • Reheat (with convection)
  • Rotisserie (without convection)
  • Keep warm (without convection)
  • Convection

One may argue that 10 cooking functions are too many but they are helpful for beginners in the kitchen. The Rotisserie and the Keep Warm functions are the two that stand out from the rest.

Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Cooking Functions
  • Toast
  • Bake
  • Broil

If you know your way around the kitchen, the bake and broil functions will be all you need. The temperature knob has a Min setting which can act as Keep Warm and maintain the oven at around 100°F.

6.5

Interior

1.0
Toshiba AC25CEW Interior
Toshiba AC25CEW Toaster Oven Interior
  • Heating Elements:
    4 nichrome
  • Convection Fan:
    Yes
  • Lighting:
    No
  • Tray Levels:
    3
  • Rotisserie:
    Yes
  • Safety Hook:
    Tray Level 2

Capacity: 23.3 liters - 4 slices of toast - 12-inch pizza - 3-pound chicken

The Toshiba has 4 nichrome heating elements and 3 tray levels which are standard for its size. This oven has a convection system which is always a plus but it doesn’t have an interior light like many other units of the same size. It received an extra point thanks to its rotisserie socket and bracket.

True to the description, it can fit a 12-inch pizza. However, it can’t fit 6 slices of toast or a 4-pound chicken but is big enough for 4 slices of toast or a 3-pound chicken.

We measured the cooking chamber’s volume to be 23.3 which was a bit different from the manufacturer’s provided capacity of 25 liters. However, it could just be a difference in measuring standards.

Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Interior
Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Interior 1
  • Heating Elements:
    2 quartz
  • Convection Fan:
    No
  • Lighting:
    No
  • Tray Levels:
    2
  • Rotisserie:
    No
  • Safety Hook:
    No

Capacity: 12 liters - 4 slices of toast - 9-inch pizza

The Hamilton Beach can accommodate 4 slices of toast, a 9-inch pizza, or barely a 3 lb chicken. It suffers from a lack of internal lighting and a convection system.

The oven has 2 quartz heating elements that cook food using infrared light. To avoid direct contact with baking pans and trays, each one has its own safety guard.

Compared to the more common nichrome heating elements, they produce more heat and cool down faster. In addition, they’re easier to clean and more energy-efficient but not as durable.

Power Cord

Toshiba AC25CEW Power Cord
  • Length:
    15.7 inches
  • Type:
    3-prong plug
  • Power:
    1500
  • Rated Output:
    120

The length of the power cord is roughly 15.7"—ideal for household use. It’s also long enough to wrap firmly around the two back buffer

Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Power Cord
  • Length:
    29.92 inches
  • Type:
    2-prong plug
  • Power:
    1200 W
  • Rated Output:
    120 V ~ 60 Hz

The power cord is long enough for household use.

Baking Rack

Accessories

Baking Rack
Toshiba AC25CEW Baking Rack
  • Length:
    12.60 inches
  • Width:
    11.29 inches
  • Height:
    N/a
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The shape of the baking rack makes it easier to remove either with gloves or clamps.

Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Accessories: Baking Rack
Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Accessories: Baking Rack 1
  • Length:
    10.94 inches (27.8 cm)
  • Width:
    8.77 inches (22.3 cm)
  • Height:
    0.9 inches (2.3 cm)
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The rack fits perfectly with the guide, which helps prevent accidents when placing your food in the oven.

Baking Pan

Accessories

Baking Pan
Toshiba AC25CEW Toaster Oven Baking Pan
  • Length:
    11.7" (29.8 cm)
  • Width:
    9.4" (23.9 cm)
  • Height:
    0.9" (2.4 cm)
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The baking pan has ridges and grooves which can give your food attractive roasting marks and catch the dripping better. However, it’s a little smaller than the oven capacity and has a coating but isn’t completely non-stick.

Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Accessories: Baking Pan
Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Accessories: Baking Pan 1
  • Length:
    9.25 inches
  • Width:
    8.07 inches
  • Height:
    0.7 inches
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The baking pan rests on the supports of the baking rack to catch any drippings and meat juice, preventing any mess and the risk of fire from dirty heating elements. However, it doesn’t have a good coating and sustained permanent stains after our Baked French Fries and Whole Roasted Chicken test.

Rack Clamp

Accessories

Removable Crumb Tray
Toshiba AC25CEW Rack Clamp
  • Length:
    7.5" (19.2 cm)
  • Width:
    2.2" (5.5 cm)
  • Height:
    N/a
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The rack clamp fits the baking pan and rack nicely but doesn’t have a good handle. Nonetheless, not all ovens come with a clamp like this so it’s a plus.

Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Accessories: Removable Crumb Tray
  • Length:
    10.94 inches
  • Width:
    8.07 inches
  • Height:
    0.78 inches
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Not advisable

Without a tray, falling crumbs are quite a hassle to clean up. However, some can still fall to the bottom of the oven as you remove the tray.

Removable Crumb Tray

Accessories

Toshiba AC25CEW Removable Crumb Tray
Toshiba AC25CEW Removable Crumb Tray 1
  • Length:
    12.6" (32.0 cm)
  • Width:
    11.0" (27.9 cm)
  • Height:
    1.2" (3.1 cm)
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Not advisable

The crumb tray is a useful accessory — crumbs being quite a hassle to clean up. However, some still fell to the bottom of the oven as we removed the tray. Also, upon cleaning the crumb tray after the roasted chicken test, we found it showed signs of oxidation from catching the drippings.

Rotisserie Kit and Lifter

Accessories

Toshiba AC25CEW Rotisserie Kit and Lifter
Toshiba AC25CEW Rotisserie Kit and Lifter 1
  • Length:
    12.6" (32.0 cm)
  • Width:
    9.8" (25.0 cm)
  • Height:
    N/A
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The rotisserie kit does a perfect job of securing the chicken thanks to the angle-adjustable 2-pronged forks.

8.0

Build Quality

5.0
Toshiba AC25CEW Build Quality

The black stainless steel Toshiba AC25CEW Toaster Oven is quite robust while still relatively light and small. It also has more air ventilation holes than a number of other toaster ovens including the Toshiba and Cuisinart.

Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Build Quality

The Hamilton uses durable material but its construction isn’t very sturdy. Even though the control knobs turned smoothly, they felt a bit loose.

Usability

6.8
usability Scores
  • User Control (30%)
    9.0/10
  • Ease of Use (50%)
    5.0/10
  • Cleanability (20%)
    8.0/10
4.6
usability Scores
  • User Control (30%)
    7.0/10
  • Ease of Use (50%)
    3.0/10
  • Cleanability (20%)
    5.0/10
9.0

User Control

7.0

The Toshiba has 10 functions to choose from. However, the convection fan isn’t applicable to all of them. Nonetheless, you can always choose Convection, then set the desired temperature and time.

The large and detailed timer from one minute to two hours is a strong point of this oven. It’s also specified by the minute.

Even though the Hamilton Beach only has three simple control knobs, there are a few things to keep in mind. For the timer knob, when setting it to less than 10 minutes, always rotate past 10 minutes and then rotate back to the desired time.

It’s also tricky to precisely adjust time and temperature but we didn’t find this to be an issue. You can use an oven thermometer and an external timer to get familiar before eye-balling it.

5.0

Ease of Use

3.0
Toshiba AC25CEW Ease of Use

The oven door has a heat-resistant handle and tray-level indicators on the glass. The casing has good heat insulation and only gets too hot to the touch at 450°F.

The Toshiba doesn’t have an automatic preheat phase like many other digital models. The digital display automatically turns off after a period of no interaction. After the oven finishes cooking, you will hear a very clear beep similar to when you’ve just plugged in.

There’s no audio cue when you’re adjusting the knobs. Furthermore, if you need to readjust the setting during cooking, you have to press stop and repeat all the inputs. The only thing you can adjust during cooking is the timer.

It’s hard to keep the door partially open and there’s no internal lighting. Also, this oven doesn’t turn off upon opening the door, unlike some others.

Although the accessories fit well, removing the rotisserie kit from the oven can be a little tricky even with the lifter. With a little practice, however, it’ll become much easier.

With three control knobs, it’s very simple to readjust cooking settings. The cooking cycle finishes when the timer reaches Off. When this happens, the oven will ding once and shut off. As it has no digital display, you can freely leave this oven plugged in without worrying about power consumption.

It’s easy to keep the door partially open to let food cool down but be careful as the oven’s exterior gets hot to the touch quite quickly. However, opening the door doesn’t stop the oven, unlike some others.

8.0

Cleanability

5.0
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Cleanability
Toshiba AC25CEW Cleanability 1
Toshiba AC25CEW Cleanability 2

We cleaned the Toshiba following our toaster oven cleaning guide. Thanks to its internal and external coating and lack of difficult nooks and crannies, cleaning was pretty straightforward. In addition, enough space has been left between the heating elements and internal walls to facilitate cleaning.

Roasting a whole chicken with the rotisserie kit left some difficult stains on the ceiling but a paste of baking soda and water did the trick. One minor inconvenience was that some crumbs still fell onto the internal floor and we had to pick them up anyway.

Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Cleanability
Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Cleanability 1
Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Cleanability 2
Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Cleanability 3

The Hamilton Beach oven’s exterior and interior were easy to clean following the steps of our toaster oven cleaning guide. Due to the chicken touching the upper safeguard during cooking, there were some caramelized bits stuck to it. Nonetheless, they were easy to remove with just dish soap and a sponge.

We accidentally burnt a batch of toast during our test and it caught fire which led to some discoloration on the oven’s exterior. Luckily, we were able to remove most of it with an all-purpose cleaner.

What surprised us the most, however, were the permanent stains left on the baking pan. Even after we applied a paste of baking soda and water and then scrubbed it with diluted vinegar, the stains didn’t budge at all.